Adabe language

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Adabe
Region East Timor
Native speakers
180 "Adabe" + unknown number "Atauru"  (2010 census)[1]
Trans–New Guinea (TNG)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 adb
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Distribution of Adabe speakers in East Timor according to the 2010 census
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Distribution of Atauru

Adabe is a Papuan language spoken by a couple hundred people in the interior of East Timor.

In the 2010 census, 181 reported their mother tongue as being "Adabe". Most lived in Manatuto District and Liquiçá District, with at most a few dozen in any one district.[2]

Confusion with Wetarese[edit]

The language, or perhaps a dialect of it, is known as Atauru. This has caused confusion with a dialect of the Wetarese language spoken on the island of Atauro north of Dili, which is Austronesian, not Papuan.[3] Geoffrey Hull, director of research for the Instituto Nacional de Linguística in East Timor, mentions only Wetarese being spoken on Ataúro Island, and describes the three dialects of Adabe listed in Ethnologue as being dialects of Wetarese.[4]

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